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Massachusetts Library Leaders, State Leaders and Providers Discuss How to Improve Internet Access in State’s Public Libraries

Boston, MA: Seventy percent of people who use their public library’s computers report that this is their primary connection to the Internet. Yet nearly one-fourth of Massachusetts public libraries lack the connectivity necessary to perform online functions like taking an interactive, online educational course with streaming video or audio and reading a basic Web site for instructive content; or downloading lengthy government applications in seconds versus struggling with freezing or intermittent connections to access a basic government Web site.

Over the last two days, more than 200 library leaders, community partners, broadband providers and local and state leaders committed to improving connectivity in the state joined the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) to examine the benefits of high-speed Internet connectivity in Massachusetts public libraries and explore new solutions to improve and sustain library connectivity.

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